12-Hour Lap Chase

Saturday June 19th ~ 9am-9pm*

Do you have what it takes? Join local riders and WRCMBA for our Annual Whiskey Chaser Fundraiser!
This is a 12-hour Lap Chase: riders compete to see how many laps they can complete on a 8 mile designated course at the Whiskey Run Trail System in the Coos County Forest while raising money and awareness for our local world-class trail system.
Beer from 7 Devil’s Brewing Company for those 21+, BYO food and drinks due to COVID regulations.
Bikers can ride solo, duo, or 3-6 person teams. (New 6 hour option for families with littles).
All paying participants will receive a commemorative Whiskey Run Item!

Thanks to our sponsors this year!

Registration will open Monday, April 12th at 8AM!! $20/entry/person

Do we really ride for 12 hours?

Yes absolutely, and it usually turns out to be longer! But you don’t have to do it alone if you don’t want to. Duo and 3 to 6 person teams are allowed; these are all classified as co-ed teams. There is an option this year for a 6 hour lap-chase for families with younger riders (no price discount available for shorter rides, sorry, after all this is a fundraiser).
Due to logistics with this longer lap chase and darkness- we will have a CUT-OFF TIME at 8:30pm*. If you do not pass the timing tent before 8:30pm* you/your team will be finished for the night! Go grab a beer and cheer on the rest of the finishers. Faster riders may be finishing your last lap after the 12 hour mark has passed if they pass the timing tent before 8:30pm*. Remember: those with the most laps + fastest finish time wins! (*cut-off timing may be adjusted)
Promptly at 9am, we will be starting LeMans Style/Standing Start, where riders run to their bikes before jumping on and pedaling away for their first lap. Riders should have their bikes in place no later than 8:45am!

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT LIGHTS:

THIS RIDE WILL END IN THE DARK!!!
ALL RIDERS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH AT LEAST A 1500 LUMEN HEAD/FRONT LIGHT and red tail light! Your lights will be checked at registration. No exceptions. We recommend at least 2 head lights in the event one dies. Please have your batteries charged before the ride, there is no charging station available at the event location. Questions about lights? Call Erin at 772-633-7385 at Pineapple Express Adventure Rides; she is a registered Lupine Lighting Systems dealer.

How much does it cost?

The fee is $20 per competitor. Solo rider = $20; team of 6 = $120.
All riders will get a commemorative item, tbd.
All proceeds go directly to WRCMBA, the local non-profit mountain biking club for the area. WRCMBA helps maintain trails across the region (specifically the Whiskey Run Trails you will be riding on), while promoting mountain biking education, youth events, supporting our local NICA team, and development of more trails. Join WRCMBA today!
This year we will be closing off Whiskey Run Road at the Trails between Beaver Hill and The Snag since the 8 mile course will cross the roadway 2 times. All participants and spectators may park anywhere along Whiskey Run Road, the Main Trailheads, The Snag, or at the Upper Parking Area. Just let the county flaggers know you are with the Whiskey Chaser Event.There will be absolutely no thru-traffic!

Are E-Bikes allowed?

This year we are allowing certain individuals who *qualify* to use a PEDAL ASSIST bicycle. Absolutely NO throttle bikes allowed at Whiskey Run for your safety and the safety of other riders. To see if you qualify, please email Erin directly at bike.ski.yoga@gmail.com and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. *Please note, teams with e-bike riders will not qualify for podium in any category.

Things to think about…

As with all mountain biking events, rides, or races, hydration and nutrition are paramount. Have a nutrition plan so you don’t bonk. This is a long ride for the solo rider; expect to complete an 8 mile lap every hour, in some cases up to 2 hours for slower riders. Click here for the Trailforks Route Map
If you are riding solo it’s helpful to have a pit crew or someone to refill your water bottles, keep you fueled, make sure your headlights are charged, and fix any mechanicals you may have.
Bandon Bicycle Works will be onsite for any trailside maintenance you may need.
Riders are encouraged to carry trail repair tools and basic first-aid supplies on course in the case of flat tires, as well as bike or body issues.
PLEASE GET YOUR BICYCLE PROFESSIONALLY TUNED UP AND PREPARED FOR A RIDE OF THIS CALIBER! <<<—-We cannot stress this enough!

Forming a team

Endurance competitions are a fun challenge to test your body and most importantly your mind. Determine how much you want to ride and how competitive you want to be. Check the course map for elevation and trail features to determine your pace. If you have a fairly slower group of riding buddies, we suggest forming a smaller team. Faster riders will complete a lap in under 1 hour to 1+ hours, while slower, not-too-competitive riders will take about 1.5-2+ hours to complete this lap. You can do the math.
Form a team by convincing your riding buddies to join you on this test of endurance, maybe buy them a beer from 7 Devil’s (or 2). As the Team Captain: all you need to know is each teammate’s complete name, nickname (if they have one), date of birth, gender, and email.
All duo, trio, and multi-person teams/family groups are co-ed. You can have all ladies or all dudes, or mix-n-match, the choice is yours.

I want to compete single-speed/tandem/unicycle/fixie/fat-bike, what about my special category?

Great, good for you. We love riding our single-speeds just as much as the next plaid and jorts dude. You’ll get some recognition in the form of extra beer-ups, a shot of whiskey, or high-fives. But, if you win on your ss/tandem/unicycle/fixie/fattie then you are truly the king/queen, and we are not worthy. You can have bragging rights for the rest of your life. So make it count you filthy animals!

Logistics

Whiskey Run Trails are located in the Coos County Forest and are easily accessible from Bandon (7-10 minutes) or Coos Bay (20-30 minutes). From Highway 101 take West Beaver Hill Road west (that’s towards the ocean y’all). This year we will be hosting/staging the event from the Upper Parking Area off W. Beaver Hill Road. The new Main Marking Area will be expanded (Whiskey Run/Humphrey’s Road) and there will be access to the new pit toilets, plenty of places for parking. The Upper area tends to get windy, so please stake down all tents, and secure all belongings; bring the lawn chairs and enjoy the sun!

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! We will be starting the 1st lap with a LeMans Style Start/ Standing Start where rider will run to their bicycle, jump on, and start the lap. Bikes should be placed for 1st lap riders no later than 8:45am so we can start on time.

Coming from out of town? Camping is available at Bullard’s Beach State Park or Bastendorff Beach County Park (reserve well ahead of time). There are ample vacation rentals around, but again, book early! Consider staying at one of Bandon’s fine hotels or in Coos Bay. There’s a few we recommend:

What about parking?

Parking for the event can either be off the Upper Parking Area off W. Beaver Hill, The Snag, along Whiskey Run Road, or the Main Parking lots. WHISKEY RUN ROAD will be closed from W. Beaver Hill to The Snag to allow for event parking. Please inform the flaggers you are with the Club Event and you can enter/park along the roadway. We will be directing parking at the time of the event, so please be courteous of other groups. Competitors can set up their tent fueling stations at the Upper Parking area. Please do not block any trail access points! No loose dogs or children, please keep them under leash.
All spectator vehicles should please give competitors parking priorities.
Pack out all trash and belongings!

What if I want to come with my family but I don’t want to compete?

Kids? Non-competitors? Cheering section? No problem! There’s some great view points all along the course. We will have maps at the Event HQ for folks to check out. Bring your cow bells!
There will be ABSOLUTELY NO CASUAL RIDERS ALLOWED ON THE COURSE AT ANY TIME!!
This is for your safety and the safety of our competitors. Spectators are welcome and encouraged but please STAY OFF THE COURSE TRAILS AT ALL TIMES!

Certain trails are designated “open to the public”:

  • Warm Up Trail off Main Parking Lot
  • Belloni Sandwich Trail
  • Copperhead Road from Main Parking uphill to Meadow Skipper Loop
  • Meadow Skipper Loop
  • Papa Wheelie Loop accessed from dirt pull out only (beginning of Papa Wheelie off Copperhead Road is part of the course)
  • The Bowls Pump Track
  • Onceler with mandatory turn around before intersection with New Bones.
  • Middle Hollerback and Well Shot Loop
  • Bam Ba Lam to Lower Copperhead Road Climb- accessed only from the dirt road, but please be aware the dirt road is part of the course, so please walk your bikes if you choose to access Bam Ba Lam. Do not ride New Bones as this is part of the course.
  • Please note, Loam Wrecker, Gnome Wrecker, Boot Scoot, Old Bones end at the Event Course. If you decide to ride these trails to the end, you will be on the Event Course. We encourage you to avoid these trails as the only way back up will be on the Course and you will then be in the competitors’ way.

Cow bells recommended! Beer-ups encouraged! Spontaneous musical performances may happen.